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Michael Ball performs with disabled musicians at Royal Albert Hall

Michael ball at the royal albert hall

Michael Ball has said what “a joy” it was singing with hundreds of disabled musicians at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night in honour of murdered Southwest MP Sir David Amess.

The musical and theatre star joined 700 performers with learning disabilities - including 250 from the Music Man project - at the prestigious venue alongside the Royal Marines Band.

Ball told BBC News: "I hope this is the first of many times we perform together." 

David Stanley, founder of the Music Man Project, said the late MP - who supported the charity for many years before he died in 2021 - “would have loved it”.

Last night’s concert saw performances from students across the UK including Bristol, Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, North Ayrshire and West Sussex.

Wendy Wilson, who has been involved in the Music Man Project, travelled from Wales to perform in front of her family.

She said: "My uncle Pat and uncle Tony came down from Wales to see me perform - I can't believe it.”

Ball has been involved in the charity last year, he “leapt” at the chance when they asked him to become a patron.

"It does nothing but bring joy, acceptance and a platform for people with learning disabilities, and we share this language of music," he said.

[ The Music Man Project has now set its sights performing on Broadway. ]

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